This System Will Make You a Better Leader and Change Your LIfe

As a dad running your own business, juggling family responsibilities and entrepreneurial duties can be overwhelming. The DoD Matrix (Do or Delegate Matrix) is a game-changer for busy dad entrepreneurs looking to maximize their time and effectiveness. Let's explore how this tool can help you balance your business and family life.

Understanding the DoD Matrix for Dad Entrepreneurs The DoD Matrix consists of five sections:

  1. Do Now
  2. Do Next
  3. Delegate
  4. Follow Up
  5. Don't Do

In today's fast-paced business world, effective time management and prioritization are crucial for success. The DoD Matrix (Do or Delegate Matrix) is an invaluable tool for leaders looking to maximize their impact and efficiency. Let's break down the components of this matrix and how to use them effectively.

  1. DO NOW

This is the heart of your daily priorities. You should have no more than three items in this box. These tasks will have the most significant impact on your business and require your immediate attention.

Key points:

  • Limit to three tasks maximum
  • Focus on high-impact, forward-thinking projects
  • Be proactive in choosing these priorities

Remember, your time for strategic work is limited. Make these choices count.

  1. DO NEXT

This section is for important tasks that need completion but aren't today's top priorities. Here's how to manage it:

  1. Start with a brain dump - list everything you need to do
  2. Organize your list (e.g., use Notion pages or a color-coded system)
  3. Once organized, set it aside
  4. Only revisit after completing your "Do Now" list

This approach helps you capture all tasks without getting overwhelmed by them.


Effective delegation is crucial for scaling your impact as a leader. Remember: getting work done doesn't always mean doing it yourself.

When deciding who to delegate to, ask yourself:

  1. Who has the bandwidth?
  2. Who would enjoy and excel at this task?
  3. Who would benefit most from this experience?

Delegation not only frees up your time but also develops your team's skills and confidence.


Once you've delegated a task, move it to the Follow-Up box. This step is critical for several reasons:

  • Ensures progress in your organization
  • Allows you to check on task status
  • Provides opportunities to recognize good work
  • Enables you to offer timely feedback

Remember: "Inspect what you expect." Follow-up is an investment in your team's success and your business's growth.

  1. DON'T DO

This often-overlooked section is crucial for maintaining focus and productivity. Your "Don't Do" list should include:

  • Bad habits that hold you back
  • Actions that prevent you from being at your best
  • Distractions that eat into your productive time

Creating this list requires self-awareness. Be honest with yourself about what truly hinders your progress.

Implementing the DoD Matrix

  1. Start each day by identifying your top three "Do Now" priorities
  2. Regularly update and organize your "Do Next" list
  3. Actively look for opportunities to delegate
  4. Set up a system for consistent follow-up
  5. Regularly reflect on and update your "Don't Do" list

By consistently using the DoD Matrix, you'll find yourself more focused on high-impact work, better at delegating, and more aware of how you're spending your time. This tool not only boosts your productivity but also enhances your leadership effectiveness.

Remember, the key to success with the DoD Matrix is consistency and self-reflection. Use it daily, be honest with yourself, and you'll see significant improvements in your ability to manage your time and lead your team effectively.

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